The macaw is native to the humid evergreen forests throughout central and southern America.
Wild Scarlet macaws eat mostly nuts, fruits and seeds and now and again supplement their diet with flowers and nectar.
This species is a member of the parrot family. They often use their left foot when handling food and grasping other objects and communicate by means of a range of postures and vocalizations.
About every one or two years breeding occurs. 2 to 4 rounded, white eggs are laid, and are incubated for around 24 to 25 days. It is mainly the females which incubate the eggs and young stay with the adults for up to two years.
Scarlet macaws have unfortunately been heavily hunted for the illegal pet trade. Limited nest sites are also under threat from habitat destruction.
- Latin Name: Ara macao
- Class: Birds
- Order: Psittaciformes
- Family: Psittacidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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